John Gorman

Punk Cuts: Clipping for the Community

In the summer of 2012, the Orange County Rape Crisis Center was looking for a new way to raise money. With a few friends and a pair of hair clippers, Punk Cuts to End Rape was born. “I got a bunch of my friends together and raised a little over a thousand dollars, and shaved my head, and then a couple of other people got excited and we ended up shaving their heads too,” said Rachel Valentine, the community education director for OCRCC. “It was really successful and really fun. People who love the work that we do, who...

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Carrboro Celebrates Annual “Tomato Day”

  The annual Tomato Day at the Carrboro’s Farmers market took place on July 9th. Guests at the market waited patiently in line to try a wide variety of tomatoes at the tomato tasting and shopped from local craft artisans and farmer’s booths for baked goods, cheeses, and fresh produce. “My favorite part of Tomato Day was being able to sample the different varieties of tomatoes,” said Shannon Kelly, a Tomato Day attendee. “I think it’s nice to be able to compare the different tastes before you make a decision on which ones to purchase. I discovered a new...

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Beating the Heat With Shaka Shave Ice

  Shaka Shave Ice looks like it was plucked from a Hawaiian beach and dropped right in downtown Carrboro. It’s a small store combined with a bamboo-framed order window, a surfboard for a menu and a brightly colored seascape mural painted right on the store. Shaka Shave Ice is decidedly a beach shack, with the shave ice to match. “They’re big, they’re beautiful, and you can get any flavor,” said Ana Mahoney, owner of Shaka Shave Ice. “It’s also affordable, which was something I was really conscious about because I have three kids, so I wanted something that families...

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ReStore “Love Thy Neighbor” Birthday Bash

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrated its 8th birthday serving Orange and Durham County on July 1st. By shopping, donating and volunteering at the ReStore, people make a positive and lasting effect on the community. All proceeds of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore go toward building homes for deserving families in Durham and Orange Counties. In the upcoming year, they look to strengthen existing community bonds and build new ones, by launching the “Love Thy Neighbor” theme. Here is a photo gallery from “The...

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Resistance Con – Inspiration & Solidarity

The inaugural Resistance Con took place at the Durham Convention Center in the heart of the Bull City. Throughout the all-day event guests with little red hearts stamped on their hands listened to poetry and panelist discussions, participated in interactive performance art and explored a ballroom full of vendors and representatives from local non-profit organizations. “One of the best parts of today has been seeing a friend of mine, Amanda Ashley, as a panelist on trans issues,” said Katie Rowe, a guest at Resistance Con. “It’s been really awesome to see her in her element and learn more about...

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School of Rock Chapel Hill Grand Opening

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B-Side Lounge: Small Batches, Big Impressions

Right behind Venable Rotisserie Bistro, tucked away from the hipster dive bars and the multitude of watering holes designed for college students, is B-Side Lounge. Since its opening in 2014, B-Side has been serving up small plates and unique craft cocktails alongside a rotating wine and beer selection in a dimly lit lounge-style bar. “The space is very nice; it’s very intimate,” said Cassady Orsini, the front of the house manager at B-Side Lounge and Venable Rotisserie Bistro. “The décor really spiced up that space. It was just a brick square when we got it, and we put a...

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We Chef: Classes at Midway Community Kitchen

Placed right on the corner of Rosemary and N Graham St is “Midway Community Kitchen,” a place that offers an array of services including cooking classes, pop-up dinners, charity events and more. “My mission is to get more people to cook, to be less intimidated by food and cooking,” said Kathy Ellis Gunn, the owner of Midway Community Kitchen. “I think there’s sort of a mystique around cooking that’s not good. People think that every meal has to be some gourmet thing that you have to put all this time into, and I want to take that mystique away...

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Flavor of the Week Special Edition: Rodeo on Rosemary

Right smack-dab in the middle of Rosemary Street, on the block between Henderson and North Columbia, was the first annual “Rodeo on Rosemary.” 13 of the Triangle’s favorite food trucks lined the street with brightly colored paint jobs and names ranging from playfully to punny. Baguettaboutit, Chirba Chirba, CockaDoodleMoo, Pie Pushers, Sweet Traditions and others were all on hand to dish out the niche treats food trucks are known for. “It’s been something that people have been asking us to do for years,” said Amanda Fletcher, the Supervisor of Festivals and Community Celebrations for Chapel Hill. “I’ve been wanting...

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